It's this time of the year again...

Yes, time to start crafting for Christmas again. My blogger statistics tell me, that you are happily folding Bascetta stars again.

For everyone to lazy to search - here are the links to my tutorials from last year:
Tutorial 1 - How to make the moduls
Tutorial 2 - How to assemble the Bascetta star 


Shops in Japan

Hello there,
november really is the most depressing month in Germany. Grey, grey and grey everywhere. No sun, no blue, no colors. Japan on the other hand...
Let's have a look on more colorful places: shops in Japan!

a) Shop for tourists in downtown Asakusa, Tokyo. New Tokyo Sky tree, Godzilla and the last Samurai Sakamoto Ryoma.
b) Totally mind-boggling camera store in Asakusa.
c) Abacus store - I never knew that there existed one.
d) Run down Japanese restaurant.
e) Crazy cake bakery at Kyoto station.
f) Fresh Fish booth at Kyoto market street Nishiki.
g) Kyoto market street Nishiki.
h) Japanese pickles.
i) Dango (a japanese sweet) store.
j) Coffee store. (I just love the Taisho-atmosphere of this store.)
k) Pottery. Around Kiyomizu temple you can find a lot of potters and good japanese ceramic.
l) Tourist stores in Nara near Todaiji temple. With deer! (Roaming about freely.)
m) Japanese sweets store in downtown Nara.
n) Store for calligraphy supply in downtown Nara. Obviously there are a lot of stores in Nara which sell brushes, ink and paper.
o) ...like this.
p) Japanese sweets again.
q) Japanese antiquities.
r) One of my favorites: Japanese tea store.
s) Shopping street in Osaka at night.

I hope you like pictures from Japan - still have lots of them.
Soon it's time for preparing for Christmas. Have you been crafting lately? Will post about my ideas next weekend. Till then have a nice week!

Foxy Greetings!


Japan 2nd trip: Tokyo

The second trip was almost - but not quite - the same as the first one. The group of customers was larger, though and hence we had to use two buses. We started the week off in Tokyo, proceeded to Kyoto via Shinkansen (Yeah!) - even spent two nights in a row in the same hotel in Kyoto! - went to Nara and then to Iga and Osaka. What a week! (Again.)

a) Traffic in Tokyo is no fun, I can tell you. Instead of being stuck at one of the highways I would always recommend traveling by subway.
b) I like all big cities with lot of waterways throughout the city. Tokyo totally doesn't disappoint in this respect.
c) Toyko firemen doing drills.
d) Chrysanthemum exhibition at Asakusa Temple in downtown Tokyo.
e) Koi at Asakusa Temple.
f) View from my hotel room at night. (Building at the left side belongs to my hotel, too.)
g) The same view at daylight.


Japan, the second trip

Hi there, I'm checked in again and will be off to Japan for the second time this year tomorrow.
Will be back in one weeks time with new pictures! Have a great week.

Foxy Greetings.

Snowing nights

Winter came early this year. It is already way too cold and uncomfortable. Fortunately, I'll leave for Japan very soon and the temperatures there are still above 20° C during daytime.

I'm quite smitten with my new camera. Pictures at nighttime usually were a no-go with my compact camera.

Foxy greetings!


Knitting project No.1

I'm currently knitting this. Will show more when some progress is visible.

Foxy Greetings.